If you had to choose, would you drive distracted or drunk? Which one do you think is safer?
This is a trick question. The truth is that drunk driving, as well as distracted driving, can both be very dangerous and lead to similar outcomes like serious injuries or deaths. Drunk driving accounted for around 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2018. Another 9% were linked to distracted driving.
That may make it seem like it’s safer to drive while distracted, but it’s not. You can still face serious injuries and fatal wounds, both of which are avoidable if you avoid drinking and driving or driving while distracted.
Both distracted and drunk driving cause similar issues
The reason that distracted or drunk driving cause car crashes are similar. In both cases, a driver is unable to make good decisions behind the wheel.
Both issues lead to:
- Impaired judgment
- Trouble concentrating
- Poor vehicle control
- Inattention behind the wheel
- Reduced reaction times
- Trouble seeing changes in the roadway or hazards up ahead
- Distractions that take your mind off the road
It’s also normal to see people who are distracted or drunk commit similar errors, such as speeding, running red lights, tailgating or failing to yield. Unfortunately, they may not be aware of their surroundings, making it highly likely that they will cause a crash.
What can you do to stay safer on the road?
If you really want to be safe, the best thing you can do is set aside distractions and avoid driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. To drive safely, you need to get enough sleep, be focused on the road and follow the rules of the road closely. If you can’t do those things, then you’re greatly increasing the risk of getting into a crash.
What should you do if you’re hit by someone who was drunk or distracted?
It’s possible that you could be involved in a drunk or distracted driving crash. If that happens, know that you do have rights. Victims of crashes like these can seek compensation for what they’ve been through, so they can focus on getting their health back in order and getting their lives back on track.